Bonus point: The subtle art of taking a bonus
Most kabaddi coaches consider taking a bonus as an exceptional skill which a raider should have, but to take a bonus point is not that easy.
Bonus Line is only active when there are 6 or more players on court in the opposition team. Also, to execute a successful bonus point, the raider must have one leg beyond the bonus line and the other in the air which makes executing a bonus point extremely difficult and requiring exemplary balance and precision with the defender ready to pounce at the slightest error.
Different strategies for taking bonus point
- Go for the corners and then take advantage of them receding and quickly attempt a bonus.
- Create a panic by a couple of swift moments with hand and feet, then attempt a bonus in the middle or corner.
- Running bonus- Exceptionally skillful raiders attempt this (e.g. Pardeep Narwal, Rahul Chaudhari and Deepak Hooda), the move requires high precision and balance, on the run taking the bonus and going back at the same time. Usually the raiders attack corners and covers initially to create a gap in the defense and use their reach and speed to steal a very quick bonus from the gap.